Friday, August 6, 2010

Magnolia Wednesdays

Magnolia WednesdaysAuthor: Wendy Wax
Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group, Penguin Group Inc.
ISBN: 978-0-425-23235-4

Vivian Gray is at the top of her career, only to be shot in the butt and find out her career and life is not what she thinks. After her accidental shooting is virally posted on utube, and her world turned upside down by news of her surprising pregnancy, Vivian quits her job and moves to Atlanta to live with her sister, niece and nephew and write incognito and research her brother-in-laws death. Her weekly columns of life in suburbia are forged from her surface experiences while living her sisters life. Vivian, who is unsure of who she is and what she wants deals with all of the things she has avoided in her past. A mother incapable of showing love and acceptance, a sister she barley knows, guilt from leaving her sister after her husbands death, and fear of her future and her life with the man she loves, and father of her baby. While getting to know herself Vivian slowly starts to learn about others and forge relationships. She finds out that the surface experiences are false and that life and love here truly run deep. When everything that is a lie in Vivian’s life is exposed she has to choose what she wants out of life, and others are forced to see her for her true self and decide if they can forgive the hurt and pain and accept the new woman she has become. “Magnolia Wednesdays” is about life, love, loss, family and truly understanding ones self in order to understand others.

“Magnolia Wednesdays” was a wonderfully entertaining read for me. It was laugh out loud funny, and relatable. The characters were well developed to the point that you truly felt you knew them, or at least someone like them! While I felt parts of it were a little long or could have been left out and still given the full impact, this book has something in it for every reader. The author does a wonderful job of keeping you attached to the book, and wanting to know more. There were lots of twist and turns in this book for the reader, even though I had most of them pegged or figured out before I read the part. This book made sense and didn’t leave me feeling like it couldn’t have happened that way. The author did a great job of including up to date technology and happenings around us, so that the reader feels the story is truly happening today, in the present and not the past.

This was the first book I have read by Wendy Wax, and I fully intend to read “The Accidental Bestseller and any other books she writes in the future. It was enjoyable and funny, while also warm, compelling and heart wrenching. The book was so real and relatable, it made you want to jump in and help the characters or be part of their story. This book was wonderful, and I will recommend it to friends and other readers who enjoy the “chick-lit” genre.

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